"Good to hear re Alf Wells - an inspiration to us all."
"I understand a recent publication suggested that races in the ill-fated Monarchs v Belle Vue Aces match featured a steel plate starting process. Having been there on the night I don't recall any mention of it being used.
I do recall reading in the Speedway Star of this era that Ian Hoskins was suggesting it could be used as a possible alternative to the tactical substitution rides process. I can advise that the steel plate idea was tested out in one race in the second half of a league match in July 1953. Details can be found in the 1953 White City, Glasgow file on The Speedway Researcher web site.)
I don't think it was ever tried again and it probably would be a potential source of danger if the staring gate crew had to get the plates off the gate area before riders completed a lap."
Next up is Test Match Special which showcases some great action from International meetings in both the UK and from around the world. Loads of legendary names can be seen in action once more on here, a real who's who of speedway royalty.
'Sudden Sam' is the latest star to get a DVD dedicated to his career, one of the great entertainers and hugely popular wherever he rode. His many admirers will welcome this chance to see him at his very best.
You can see which other riders have been given the DVD treatment on our DVDs page.